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Hey, where's Anvil?(7 posts)

Hey, where's Anvil?ET
Mar 21, 2001 12:03 PM
Has anyone noticed he has yet to post on this new forum? He's posting away on other forums. (Check out, e.g.,

http://www.cyclingforum.com/forums/Thread.cfm?CFApp=2&Thread_ID=1568&mc=31

where the discussion seems somehow more professional than what is typical here. Maybe it's because he advertises there. Or maybe he just hates our new format. Miss his input.
you gave him away!ColnagoFE
Mar 21, 2001 2:25 PM
There have been recent discussion threads on cyclingforum.com on why there are getting to be some obnoxious posters when it was traditionally a pretty professional forum. This forum was mentioned as a "BAD" example of "signal to noise" by the way...along with mtbr.com
you gave him away!SteveS
Mar 21, 2001 2:51 PM
You got it right. One of the wise things that Anthony has done at Cycling Talk forum is to be very aggressive at removing offensive posts and posters, something this place and it's cousin could really use. There are some strange characters who always seem to thrive on flames and pull the quality of a board down to the lowest common denominator. Too bad.

Anvil is obviously alive and well, however.
you gave him away!Hank
Mar 21, 2001 4:04 PM
I have to say that I thought this site was much more fun when it was the "roadie" section at mtbr.com. Now it's kind of boring. I guess it's the worst of both worlds.
cycling forum is much too seriousgrandemamou
Mar 21, 2001 5:10 PM
Used to post on cyclingforum. It's too stuffy for me. There are some knowledgable folks but the threads seem to just drift and drift. Sometimes a few jerks pop up here but if you just ignore them they go away.

Alot of cycling topics are very mundane. There isn't alot you can say about a headset. Sometimes the freaks make it interesting.
cycling forum is much too seriousColnagoFE
Mar 22, 2001 1:52 PM
i agree somewhat. though i tend to ask certain question at certain forums depending on what kind of info I'm looking for. You think cycling forum is stuffy...you should have seen (not sure if it's around anymore) the BSN site on cycling science. It was WAY stuffy...
Number of thingsAnvil
Mar 22, 2001 6:40 AM
Well, someone alerted me to this thread, suffice to say, I am alive and well and thank you for your interest or concern.

The biggest problem I have with this forum is that 9 out of 10 times that I try to load it, it crashes my browser, in both Netwait and IE. I had a hell of a time getting it to work this time. I don't have this problem anywhere else, just here, and have plenty of memory alloted. I have not invested the brain cells to figure out what the problem is.

As thread drift, it seems to me that many forums are really just website afterthoughts with no real corporate support to make them truly user friendly. This is not a criticism of the Admin's as I know they probably have more irons in the fire than they have hours in the day to attend. It's understandable if you just look at the sponsors on this forum, it's just consumerreview.com, so if they're not making money from advertisers, they're not going to invest much into it. In that way, Cyclingforum is different. While anyone can freely participate, member or contributor or not, it's kind of like public television, many of the users, like myself, support it through donations or sponsorships. There's some buy-in there and a sense of community. Though it can seem like it's "clubby" or stuffy, it's not, folks there just tend to treat each other on the net as they would in person. I think a large part of this is because many of the folks have actually met, gathered, ride together, whatever.

For instance, I've had a number of forum members (7 of them now) come out here for a visit and a ride. I just recently had a participant come for a visit and he took the forum admin (Anthony) and myself out to lunch. It's pretty cool really and I've found the folks I've met to be exactly as they are on the forum, honest, open, professional. Last year, one of the folks who came out (JayPee - I've included a picture) and I did a ride up Mt. Evans together and met another guy at the top (unintentional) who knew who we were from the forum. Pretty cool, eh?

Anyway, back to the subject at hand, I haven't quit coming here by choice, it's been because there is a roadblock between us.

Cheers!